Structure of the EE Institute
The Institute of Electrical Engineering includes a wide-ranging research and educational program covering four broad and interconnected domains :
IoT and Computer & Communication Engineering (Systems for telecommunications, Embedded systems, Low-power, Co-design methods and tools, Computing architectures, Wearable systems, Photonics and Wave engineering),
Circuits and Devices (Biosensors, Design methods and tools, Digital and mixed-signal VLSI circuit design, Low-power, Nanoelectronics, Computational electromagnetics),
Information Science and Systems (Signal and image processing, Multimedia communications, Sensors, Machine learning, Learning and inference, Optimization),
Power and Energy (Smart grids, Power electronics, Electric power transmission and distribution, Electro-mechanical systems)
The EE Institute counts 18 Full/Associate/Tenure-track Assistant Professors, 8 Adjunct Professors and 9 Senior Scientists. Some of them are members of the most prestigious professional societies as the US National Academy of Engineering, The American Academy of Arts & Science, the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences or the Academia Europaea and have been awarded major prizes (Zeiss Research Award, IEEE Harry Goode Award, Helmoltz Prize, Fresnel Prize).
The EE Institute has an excellent infrastructure, in terms of personnel (with more than 330 Full Time Equivalent staff and scientists), buildings and laboratories. The Center for Micro-Nano Technology (CMI) is an outstanding, world-class facility with a state of the art fabrication facility. Moreover, the capability of CMI personnel to teach and train graduate students who use the lab lowers the accessibility threshold and increases the success rate for chip fabrication.
The Institute and its faculty have a strong record in creating successful start-ups, thus demonstrating the relevance of research in the commercial world. It also shows that faculty can compete with outside peers in terms of scientific output as well as impact. The EE Institute is well connected to the Swiss and international industry, as shown by many collaborations, industrial contracts, standardization bodies, H2020 research initiatives, etc.
The Institute’s laboratories mix theory and practice in both teaching and research. This is extremely important in order to maintain an excellent research reputation while having a strong impact in industry and with the public. The Institute has a well-trained, dedicated teaching staff supporting its research and education activities.